By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The 18th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week—themed “Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands”—reminds all drivers to watch out for state department of transportation (DOT) and private sector employees who work within inches of their vehicles. Extra attention is required for their safety, and yours.

About 700 people, including 130 workers, are killed every year in work zone accidents. That means nearly four in five of the victims are drivers and their passengers. More than 35,000 people are injured in work zones.

This year’s awareness event, April 3-7, urges motorists to “Drive Toward Zero Crashes.” That means:

  • Read and follow work zone signs;
  • Pay attention to other drivers;
  • Stay focused, and avoid distractions such as mobile devices;
  • Expect the unexpected, try to anticipate problems; and
  • Keep your cool. Be patient.

ARTBA works with state DOTs and other associations to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week each April—the traditional start of the busy highway construction season.

ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation’s National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is also available as a valuable resource for industry professionals, news media and the general public. Users will find information on: accident and crash data, flagging, emerging technologies and equipment, best practices, key safety experts, laws and regulations, safety standards, research publications, training videos and programs, and successful public education campaigns. Materials are also available in six languages—Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, and Arabic.

For more information about the Clearinghouse operations, contact ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety Brad Sant, or ARTBA Vice President of Safety & Environmental Compliance Una Connolly at 202.289.4434.